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FROM VOLUME 3, NUMBER 1, JANUARY 1990
"Lighting the Industrial World," L. Lamarre, EPRI Journal,
4-15, Dec. 1989.
One-quarter of U.S. electricity use is for illumination, and advances in
lighting systems may have the largest potential for energy savings of any
electricity use, but utilities are having difficulty getting businesses
interested. Discusses new technology, barriers to innovation, and continued
"Natural Gas: Ready to Lead in the 1990s," E.A. Tracy, Public
Util. Fortnightly, 11-15, Oct. 26, 1989.
An outgoing chairman of a nationwide association of gas utility and pipeline
companies reviews cooperative efforts of the gas industry this past year to
promote sound environmental practices. Natural gas can make a valuable
contribution to resolving the problems of acid rain and urban air pollution.
"Natural Gas--From Where and at What Cost?" L.M. Liberman, ibid.,
9-11, Sep. 28, 1989.
The chief executive officer of a gas distribution company challenges the
view that there is plenty of natural gas in the United States that can be
readily discovered if the proper price incentives are provided. Raises doubts
about prescribing natural gas as a universal answer to the nation's growing
"Oil and Gas Estimates Plummet," R.A. Kerr, Science,
245(4924), 1330-1331, Sep. 22, 1989.
The estimate of oil remaining to be found in the United States has plunged
to 35 billion barrels, with 51 billion barrels of recoverable oil thought to
remain in known fields. This represents only a 16-year supply; gas estimates at
best indicate only a 35-year supply.
"Department of Energy Announces Plans to Develop a National Energy
Strategy," JAPCA, 39(9), 1232-1233, 1255, Sep. 1989.
Several task forces have been established to develop a National Energy
Strategy (NES), an action plan to provide the United States with adequate
supplies of clean, competitively priced energy in the future. Intergovernmental
responses must also be considered to develop effective strategies.
"Averting Global Warming: Energy is the Key," A. Meyer, Nucleus,
11(2), 1,4, Summer 1989.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was formed last fall by
35 countries to address the science of climate change, socio-economic impacts
and possible response strategies to the greenhouse crisis. The three working
groups are expected to report in 1990 at a forum that may lead to international
agreements, but unilateral reforms, especially in energy policy, must be given
top priority by national, state and local policymakers in the United States.
"More Work for Less Energy," S. Boyle, New Sci., 37-40,
Aug. 5, 1989.
Energy efficiency or the `quiet revolution' appears to offer one of the best
ways to reduce the impact of global warming from the greenhouse effect. Reviews
ways industrialized and third world countries can become more energy efficient.
"Nuclear Safety After Chernobyl," B.O'Neill, ibid.,
59-65, June 24, 1989.
To reverse the tide of growing opposition to nuclear power, the newly formed
World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) hopes to present a new image of
reliable safe power stations as well as East and West support towards nuclear
"Nuclear Power--Act II: Atomic Energy Gets a Technological and
Environmental Boost," W.J. Cook, U.S. News & World Rep., 106(21),
52-53, May 29, 1989.
Several companies have safer, cheaper and smaller designed nuclear power
plants to offer as an alternative to fossil fuel burning and its resultant
global warming problems. Suggests that streamlining government approval
processes would enable plants to be operational within three years.
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